Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise
Strelitzia reginae
(stre-LITZ-ee-uh) (ree-JIN-ay-ee)
Synonym: Crane Flower

Aloha. Yesterday we spent all day in the ‘upcountry’ part of Maui. Lets just say there were flowers everywhere. After attending the Scottish-Hawaiian Festival we drove over to the Winery and the Lavender Farm. The Winery features among other things Pineapple wines. The wines tasted good and the tasting was free. They had a nice garden at the winery also.
Tedeschi Vineyards

The lavender farm had a lot of lavender (go figure) and a wonderful garden. The garden is one of the best I have seen in the Hawaiian Islands. We ended up spending hours lost among the plants and flowers. That is were the Bird of Paradise picture was taken. This other picture is an Aloe bud that I saw on the side of the road as we walked up to the festival. Where we parked had a long Hibiscus hedge and when I opened the car door several branches and flowers poked into the car. My kind of parking spot!
Ali'i Kula Lavender Maui


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15 comments:

totomai said...

the first shot looks like a butterfly. cool perspective :-) and i liked the simplicity of the 2nd photo

Coffeedoff said...

Lovely to see these flowers, they are so unusual! Great shots!

VALKYRIEN said...

Very beautiful shots! Love that first flower, it is so exotic both in shape and colors.
Have a nice day!

RuneE said...

The pardise bird flower is extremely beautiful. I have one as the desktop on my laptop - shot in a Spanish garden.

Regina said...

So beautiful!

Carletta's Captures said...

A beautiful Bird of Paradise - how appropriate to be in Hawaii! :)
The aloe reminds me of a brick chimney.
Lovely post!

Janet said...

Looks like a gardener's paradise. I am green with envy.

Stephany said...

Fantastic shots! Great detail on the aloe. I would have spent hours on that farm.

SandyCarlson said...

Now THESE make my chilly day! Thanks.

Tammie Lee said...

you most certainly are in the right place for flowers! Wow pineapple wine, I would like to try that. Your photos are wonderful.
Spirithelpers

Nance said...

what a beauty!...each their own.
that aloe bud looks like a pine cone for now.

Evelyn Howard said...

nice pics!

diane said...

Sounds like you had a fun day. Flowers are lovely too.

Fresh Mommy said...

Bird of Paradise are one of my favorite flowers!!! Gorgeous!!

Splendid Little Stars said...

Your photos are lovely. I am going back in time through your blog, and it's making me wish to go to Maui again. I was only there for 3 days and didn't explore the entire island.